GENERAL: I actually quite liked this episode. It was entertaining and it felt like it was keeping its characters in mind instead of making up new information about them that ruin that which has come before. Hook, no matter which version, is obsessive and self-destructive because of that obsession.
–“It’s not like she’s an actual witch.” says the pirate to the imp.
–Gothel is so delightfully menacing; her conversations with Nook in the police station really stood out. She’s much more villainous than Rapunzel ever was.
–“It’s a dangerous thing to call me ‘old man'” I laughed a little too loud at that one.
–Pitting Nook and Ahab against each other was smart; both our fictional Nook and the literary Ahab have a tendency to get obsessive over their “white whales”.
–I really *really* like Alice. It’s a rare thing when this show can introduce a character that I wish had been around for a lot longer.
–Filed under “Things RG will miss when this show is no longer on air:” Bobby Carlyle’s magnificent performance as Dark One Rumplestiltskin.
–“Read it? I lived it.” I got surprisingly emotional at this….is this going to keep happening as we get closer to the end?
–My complicated feelings on Nook: when Hook (the original) was introduced in S2 I didnt care much for him. He was smarmy and gross and I didn’t like the way he treated Emma and others. The only time I warmed up to him was when the narrative aligned him with Baelfire in the S2 finale. Suddenly, Hook made sense; he wasn’t a romantic interest but he was the “Wicked Witch” to Baelfire and just like Emma would be the one to help bring Snow and Regina back together and find forgiveness so too would Baelfire help heal the rift between Hook and Rumple. Obviously, things didn’t really work out that way. But the writers, knowing that there’s a good portion of their audience who tired of Hook as a romantic lead, have taken his WishRealm!Hook (Nook) back to his original storyline by making him a father trying to find forgiveness with a child. It’s a smart move because it give Hook lovers another version of Hook and it gives non Hook lovers a chance to see the character as something more. I just wish the actual plot–like babies born of flowers to witches with no sense of consent–made more sense/wasn’t so icky.
–Someone wanna explain the timeline? Because Wish Realm Rumple was let go when we first visited the Wish Realm back in S6 and Alice was born *after* the Curse was supposed to be cast in the EF2, if I recall. So A) Why is Rumple in jail at all and B) Is this the Wish Realm or is this the EF 2 The tower is in EF2 so…?
–So Nook lived in the tower without going out and being a pirate for like 8 yrs but never once did he buy himself some non pirate clothing? Ok, sure.
–Jacinda and Henry have so little chemistry that I actually found myself drawn more to Henry and Ivy and their connection.
–The doll, Beatrice, is creeeeeeepy.